Common name: Stinking Hawksbeard
Crepis foetida subsp. foetida L. APNI*
Synonyms: Crepis foetida subsp. vulgaris (Bisch.) Babc. APNI*
Description: Annual or biennial herb, 10–50 cm high; stems branched, glandular-pubescent.
Basal leaves usually forming a rosette, ± oblanceolate in outline, 4–13 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, apex obtuse to acute, margins toothed to runcinate-pinnatisect, ± pubescent; cauline leaves oblanceolate to lanceolate, becoming reduced up stem.
Heads turbinate, 10–15 mm diam., 1–3, terminal on each branch; involucral bracts narrow-lanceolate, with dense glandular and finer non-glandular hairs; receptacle with margins of pits ciliate. Corolla yellow, with red stripe on outer face of ligule.
Achenes fusiform, scabrous; the outer 7–9 mm long, beakless or shortly beaked; inner achenes 12–17 mm long, with a beak 6–10 mm long; pappus 2 rows of simple white hairs, 5–7 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of roadsides and disturbed areas, south from Sydney. Native of Europe.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *ST, *CWS, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A. *W.A.
Readily identified by the extremely long beaks of the central achenes. They exceed the involucral bracts at maturity.
|The single subspecies in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.|
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